Wayne Rooney tells Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United are ‘a first-class team, not the top three’

‘Manchester United should be a first-place team, not a top three’: Wayne Rooney responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s assessment of the Red Devils and insists they should win the Premier League title every season.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that Man United should not accept less than a third
  • The Red Devils are currently seventh in the standings and Ronaldo wants to improve
  • Wayne Rooney disagrees with Ronaldo and claims United are the ‘best team’
  • The former United captain says the club should win trophies every season











Wayne Rooney has corrected Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that Manchester United should be one of the top three teams – by insisting they should only strive to be the best team.

Portugal striker Ronaldo claimed in an interview that anything less than third place would be a failure at Old Trafford, as seventh-placed United continue to struggle this season.

But Rooney, the Reds’ record goalscorer, who is now a derby manager, believes the level Ronaldo set in that interview is too low – and that United should be challenged for Premier League titles every season.

Wayne Rooney (right) told Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United are a ‘first-class team’ – not a top three team.

Ronaldo insists that anything less than third place will be United's failure this season

Ronaldo insists that anything less than third place will be United’s failure this season

“Manchester United should be among the best teams, not in the top three,” Rooney said at a news conference in the derby. These are the demands the fans have placed on you, the demands of the club.

“Of course, they are going through a difficult period, but make no mistake, this club has to win trophies. It has to be winning trophies and that is the pressure with coming and playing or working for Manchester United.

This is the level they should return to. I’m sure they will do the right things to get them back to that place.

“Manchester United must win the league or finish second or third,” he said. I don’t see other Manchester United positions to be honest, I don’t.

But former United captain Rooney (above) thinks Ronaldo's level is too low for United

But former United captain Rooney (above) thinks Ronaldo’s level is too low for United

“In my view, I do not accept that our mentality is less than being in the top three in the Premier League.”

Ronaldo had been hoping for a title challenge upon his return to Old Trafford last summer, but United have already found themselves 22 points behind relegated leaders Manchester City in seventh place in the mid-season stage of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price for a five-game losing streak in seven games earlier in the season, with interim coach Ralf Rangnick taking his place last month.

Ronaldo turned his back on interim coach Ralf Rangnick (left) but insisted there must be changes.

Ronaldo turned his back on interim coach Ralf Rangnick (left) but insisted there must be changes.

United have since earned 13 points from a potential 18 under their new coach, and Ronaldo – who has scored 14 goals in 21 games this season – believes they must now move on and finish near the top.

I don’t want to be here in a club fighting to be sixth or seventh or fifth, I’m here to try to win and compete. I think we are competing but we are not yet at our best,” he said.

“A long road to improvement and I think if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.”

.

Leave a Comment